LAGRANGE — A Kendallville man is locked up in the LaGrange County Jail on a multitude of drug and traffic charges after he led police from at least half a dozen local agencies on a sometimes high-speed chase that lasted nearly an hour and passed through three counties.
Curt Glass, 36, of the 300 block of State Street, Kendallville, has been charged with reckless driving, resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, driving while suspended and violating parole following that pursuit.
The chase started Saturday morning shortly before 5 a.m. in LaGrange when LaGrange Deputy Marshal Tyler Smoker was working only his second shift as a full-time LaGrange police officer.
According to Smoker’s preliminary report, he spotted Glass sitting in his 2000 GMC Jimmy parked in the lot of a downtown LaGrange motel. As Smoker slowed down to get a closer look at Glass’s vehicle, Glass drove away, quickly turning off S.R. 9 onto a LaGrange side street.
Smoker learned that Glass was driving on an invalid license, and when he spotted Glass’s truck parked behind Farmers State Bank, he approached and activated his car’s police lights. Smoker said Glass “simply took off” and sped west out of LaGrange.
As Smoker chased after Glass, he was quickly joined by two LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department deputies. The chase headed west out of LaGrange on U.S. 20, and Glass was reported to be driving at times at speeds nearing 100 mph. Glass turned south on S.R 5.
As Glass passed into Noble County, he hit a set of stop sticks placed on the road by Noble County Sheriff’s Department deputies that caused a front tire on his truck to blow out. Glass refused to stop and continued driving, passing through Ligonier, where three Ligonier Police Department officers joined in the chase.
Glass continued heading south, hitting at least two more sets of stop sticks as he drove, destroying all four tires on his truck and slowing the chase as he drove on the truck’s rims. Without tires, Glass slowed at times to no more than 30 mph. But he still refused to stop. As Glass continued heading south, police said he threw several bags, which police said contained crystal methamphetamine, out of his truck.
Glass headed south on U.S. 33 before turning off the highway onto county roads. He drove through Columbia City, heading south on S.R. 9, where he was finally forced off the road into a field, ending the pursuit 59 minutes after it started.
With his hands in the air, Glass peacefully surrendered to Smoker. Police also arrested his passenger, Autumn Morphew, 31, also of Kendallville.
As police searched Glass’ truck, they reportedly found a quarter-pound of crystal meth strewn about the inside of the truck. They also found a shotgun reported stolen in Elkhart County, more than 40 different hypodermic needles, a quantity of marijuana, morphine tablets, about $5,000 in cash in both large and small denominations, razors and drug paraphernalia.
In addition to driving on a suspended license, LaGrange Town Marshal Rich Snyder said Glass also was wanted on a federal warrant from Indianapolis for violating the terms of his parole.
Glass and Morphew were transported back to LaGrange County and placed in the LaGrange County Jail. Glass is expected to make his initial appearance in a LaGrange County court sometime Monday.
Snyder said the seizure of a quarter-pound of crystal methamphetamine is the largest in the history of the LaGrange Police Department.